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by Qui Nguyen

Co-directed by Dorie Barton, Sharon Ott, and Wes Seals.

October 28th – November 6th, 2020

The department is thrilled to announce our virtual production of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen, premiering October 28th as part of VTA’s virtual 2020 Conference.

All performances are virtual. (Purchase tickets and we will send you a streaming link and access code the day of the event, so you can watch in your own home!)

Run time: about an hour and fifteen minutes, no intermission.
Contains mild adult themes, recommended for ages 13+

We’re offering student discounts and special packages for teachers interested in sharing with their classrooms! (If you are a teacher interested in that option, please reach out to Sarah Moore at!)student in costume over virtual background [View Image]

About She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms

In response to the global pandemic of Covid-19 and the subsequent closing of theaters worldwide, Playwright Qui Nguyen released a new adaptation of his play She Kills Monsters intended for online performances via video conferencing software such as Zoom.

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms follows Agnes Evans, a high schooler in Ohio who thinks of herself as the world’s most average teenager—until her little sister Tilly suddenly dies. Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook and decides to play the campaign her sister created. Agnes is drawn into her sister’s personal fantasy, a place where Tilly sought refuge and where Agnes learns more about her sister than she could have in real teenage life.

Nguyen approaches the relationship and loss between these two sisters with a light, comedic voice that leaves you mostly laughing, but sometimes in tears. In this drama-comedy filled with D&D monsters and high school friends and bullies, Nguyen pays homage to the warrior and geek in all of us. 

Performance Times:
Wednesday Oct 28 @ 7:30pm
Thursday Oct 29 @ 8pm
Friday Oct 30 @ 8pm
Thursday Nov 5 @ 9am
Thursday Nov 5 @ 7pm
Friday Nov 6th @ 8pmstudent in costume over virtual background [View Image]


This production is made possible through the generosity of LA Phipps’ friends and family in her loving memory. [View Image]Lisa Anne Phipps (aka LA or LaLa), 1965-2020

LA will forever be cherished by friends and family as a vivacious and loving woman full of optimism, radiant joy, and empathy. Among her passions, L.a. loved costume design, theatrical makeup and fashion, and was an avid member of the Carytown Merchants community. VCUarts Theatre is honored to be a part of her memory.

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She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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